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Wireless Emergency Alert

Wireless Emergency Alert
The Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system sends a message through your mobile carrier. A message box will appear on your phone with a loud tone and vibration. This is different from a text message. Your phone number is not shared with anyone.

Presidential Alerts
Meant for use in a national emergency, and the only type of WEA alert that can be sent nationwide by FEMA.

AMBER Alerts
Extreme weather and other 
threatening emergencies

Can I opt out?
By law, you can opt out of general Wireless Emergency Alerts, but not Presidential Alerts.

The national WEA test has been postponed to the backup date of October 3, 2018 at 11:18 a.m. PDT.

The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016,  and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.



Photo by FEMA Graphic - Sep 16, 2018
Last Updated: May 17, 2019